Over the past few months, we have been working closely with the employer community to examine and understand federal health reform’s implications for Massachusetts’ employers.
Under the Governor’s leadership, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy have teamed up with the Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM) and over a dozen other groups to share important information about national reform, as well as hear directly from employers about their concerns.
To that end, we have scheduled a series of seven employer forums throughout the state.
So far we've held three forums – in Pittsfield, Holyoke, and Andover – each with an excellent turnout from employers representing every type of industry and size. Each forum has raised important questions about differences between state and federal law and timelines for new responsibilities and opportunities. The dialogue is proving to be useful to both the employers and policy makers as we work to fully understand the differences between the two laws and make sure that we effectively and responsibly align any inconsistencies.
I urge you to attend one of the remaining four forums. After all, the Affordable Care Act makes changes to almost every facet of the nation’s health care system – individuals, employers, providers, and payers. Your participation is essential to achieving a smooth integration of health reform for all residents and businesses of the Commonwealth.
Please join us at:
- Boston — November 8, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
- Hyannis — November 16, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Taunton — November 16, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Shrewsbury — December 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
As a part of our commitment to transparency and engagement in government, the Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy uses several social media tools including Twitter, Blogs, and RSS feeds. We use these tools to keep you informed about the work we are doing and as a way to get feedback. You can follow us on Twitter, and you can learn more by visiting the Commonwealth Conversations: Mass Health Care blog.
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